I’m ready for the clocks to “spring” forward. Boy am I ready.
And every year it never fails, I can’t remember when DST begins, March or April?
Google says… April 2nd this year.
In my hunt for the date, I also came across some big news about changes to DST in the good ol’ US of A, scheduled to start in 2007. Last year Bushie signed the “Energy Policy Act of 2005” (I know, I laughed too. Whatever they call the policy, you can be sure it’s to accomplish the EXACT opposite.) which, among other things, modifies the dates for DST in the US – DST is to begin on the second Sunday of March and end the first Sunday of November. (the big but: Congress could decide to revert back to the 2005 time schedule in August of this year.)
What will Canada do?
“Congress’s move to extend DST has taken Canada by surprise. The question now is whether Canada will follow suit and similarly extend DST to ensure that clocks on both sides of the border remain in sync. Given the extent to which the Canadian economy is integrated with that of the United States, continuing to synchronize our clocks with theirs is perhaps necessary to avoid scheduling chaos in this era of cross border finance and commerce, just-in-time deliveries and international travel.”
Source: Library of Parliament
The US taking Canada by surprise? Come now, where’s your poker face?
Apparently this move could actually increase energy consumption when you factor in the possibility that people may turn on their air conditioners for longer periods of time during the warmer afternoon hours. According to wikipedia, “it was for this reason that Arizona rejected DST and opted to stay on standard time all year.”
Despite this and the fact that extended DST could interfere with transportation schedules, affect vcr/dvd functionality, mess with operating systems, increase the likelihood of accidents the day after the change AND the fact that farmers don’t want it, Bush still thinks it’s a good idea.
For me, I wish I could say that I don’t enjoy the additional daylight in the evening, but that would be a lie.